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A Nigerian Woman Was Removed From a United Flight After a White Passenger Complained She Had a 'Pungent' Odor

Queen Obioma is now suing the airline for racial discrimination.

Queen Obioma, a Nigerian woman, is suing United Airlines, after her and her two children were ejected from a flight due to the complaints of an unnamed white passenger.

Obioma and her two children were flying from Nigeria to Ontario, Canada on March 4 2016, when Obioma found that her seat had been taken by a white male passenger during their stop in Houston, the lawsuit states. The man refused to move, even after being asked by a flight attendant, so Obioma decided to take another seat in business class.

According to the civil suit, when Obioma took her seat, the man got up and entered the cockpit, where he complained to the captain that he was not comfortable flying with her because of her "pungent" odor. Her and her children, who were sitting in separate seats in economy, were immediately removed from the flight.


The lawsuit goes on to state that the airline "wrongfully singled out Ms. Obioma and her children because they were blacks and punished them publicly because a white man did not want them on the plane." Claiming that Obioma and her children were marched off the aircraft "like criminals," causing Obioma to sob and feel embarrassed by her mistreatment. It calls the airline's actions "oppressive, despicable, and in conscious disregard of the civil rights of Plaintiff."

The family was not able to catch a flight until five hours later, causing her children to miss an appointment at their school. They are seeking over $75,000 in damages, Business Insider reports.

"United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and will investigate this matter," the airline told Fortune. Though recent incidents seem to prove otherwise. The airline has had a string of disreputable events occur on its aircrafts within the last year. They aren't the only airline that's come under fire for racial discrimination against black passengers either—and Nigerians more specifically. Last year, a Nigerian grandfather was manhandled by the crew on an Emirates flight. While British Airways was forced to fire a hostess after she went on a vulgar racist rant against Nigerian passengers.

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Naira Marley, who was also in attendance, has also turned himself in according to local reports.

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos' coronavirus lockdown order.

The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband's birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele's Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned.

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Watch Champagne69’s Music Video for ’15 Goons’

Champagne69 release a music video for their single '15 Goons.'

South African hip-hop duo Champagne69 shared a new music video for their single "15 Goons." The song was produced by NotBenjamin alongside Ezechiel (SorryZeke).

"15 Goons" is a minimalist 808 and bass-laden tune in which the duo glide with ease as they pay homage to their goons.

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